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ELVIS PRESLEY…GOSPEL CLASSICS

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THESE ARE A FEW OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S GOSPEL CLASSICS….GOSPEL MUSIC WAS A FAVORITE OF ELVIS’S AND THE FEELING HE PUT INTO EACH TUNE CAN BE FELT….HOPE YOU ENJOY…THESE ARE BUT JUST A FEW OF HIS MANY WONDERFUL GOSPEL RECORDINGS….

How Great Thou Art

Stand By Me

We Call On Him

Only Believe

A Thing Called Love

Help Me

Crying In The Chapel

Till the next time…Joe (JoeT)

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The Graduates, a doo-wop group from Buffalo, New York charted just one hit record.  It was not a smash hit on the charts but it was a radio favorite and has become classic doo-wop.  The single record of…BALLAD OF A GIRL AND BOY…on the local Buffalo label, Shan-Todd Records made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on March 9, 1959.  The single charted at #74 and remained on the Hot 100 for just three weeks.  It is amazing that the song remains even more popular today, than when it was a hit.

The Graduates included, John Cappello, Bruce Hammond, Fred Mancuso and Jack Scorsone.  In June of 1959…WHAT GOOD IS GRADUATION  on Corsican Records would appear on the Billboard, Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart at #110.  This song has always been a personal favorite of mine…it was a big hit in the Buffalo and Rochester, New York areas.

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The Crests are a legendary doo-wop group formed in 1955, in Manhattan, New York.  The original Crests consisted of J.T. Carter, Talmoudge Gough, Harold Torres and Patricia Van Dross, the sister of the late singer/composer Luther Van Dross.  They enlisted a singer who would become their lead vocalist in 1956, Johnny Mastrangelo.  Johnny was born on May 7, 1939, he became known to the world as Johnny Maestro.

The Crests were discovered one day in 1956 while singing on a New York subway.  A woman clearly impressed with their talent approached them on the train and handed them the business card of Al Browne and claimed theat she thought he could help them.  They never knew that the lady on the train was Al Browne’s wife.

The group hurried to call him.  Al Browne brought them in to audition and by June of 1957 The Crests were recording.  They recorded two songs at…

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Hello,  The Imaginations never charted a national hit record, but the group has remained a favorite with doo-wop music lovers.  Two of their songs are listed in the Top 1,000 Doo-Wop Song Of All Time, by Gribin and Schiff in their best-selling book, “The Complete Book Of Doo-Wop.  Those two songs are:  “HEY YOU”-1961 and “THE SEARCH IS OVER”-1961.

Original members of the group included, Frank Mancuso, lead vocals…Bobby Bloom…Philip Agtuca…Pete Agtuca…and…Richie LaCausi.  The Imaginations formed in Long Island, New York.  On March 7, 1961 at Music Makers Studio on West 57th Street in Manhattan, the group recorded…HEY YOU…NEVER LET YOU GO…THE SEARCH IS OVER…AND…GOODNIGHT BABY.  A few months later they were back in the studio and recorded,  GUARDIAN ANGEL  and  MYSTERY TO YOU.  Their first single record was,  GOODNIGHT BABY/ THE SEARCH IS OVER  on Music Makers Records, the single was popular locally, but did not chart.  Their second single…

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Hello,  The Quin-Tones were a doo-wop group from York, Pennsylvania.  Members included, Roberta Haymond-lead, Carolyn “Sissie Holmed, Jeannie Crist, Phyliss Carr, Kenny Sexton and Ronnie Scott.  The groups members all attended William Penn High School in York.  Paul Landersman, a disc jockey at WHGB in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania became their manager and had them record four songs.  The first song to be released was  DING DONG  on Chess Records in 1958.  The single record did not chart but the group did get some air-play.

The next single became the groups only Billboard Hot 100 hit record.   DOWN THE AISLE OF LOVE  first released on Red Top records was redistributed by the larger Hunt Records once the record began to sell.  The single made it Billboard Hot 100 debut on August 18, 1958 and became a huge national hit, charting at #18 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 12 weeks.  On September 22, 1958 …

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RON HOLDEN CHARTED HIS TOP 10 HIT RECORD…”LOVE YOU SO”, ON THE DONNA RECORDS LABEL (1315) ON APRIL 4, 1960….THE SINGLE CHARTED AT #7 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 AND REMAINED ON THE CHART FOR 19 WEEKS.  THE SINGLE RECORD CROSSED OVER TO THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART….CLIMBING TO #11 AND REMAINING ON THE CHART FOR 9 WEEK.  HIS GREAT VERSION OF…”MY BABE” DID NOT CHART.

RON PASSED AWAY IN 1997 AT THE AGE OF 57…”THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL” IS PROUD TO PRESENT…RON HOLDEN with THE THUNDERBIRDS…WITH BOTH SIDES OF THIS CLASSIC RECORDING.

Love You So

My Babe

Till the next time…Joe (JoeT.)

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